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>>> we want to welcome our worldwide audience back to our special coverage of the disaster in japan. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm becky anderson. thank you for joining us. >>> let's get you up to speed now on the quake and tsunami that has devastated northeastern japan. just within the last 90 minutes, another aftershock hit the quake-damaged country. this one, a 6.4 magnitude. it is 11:30 at night in japan, most rescue operations have stopped for the day. there have been more than 180 aftershocks since the 8.9 earthquake and massive tsunami. at least 900 people dead, but as search efforts resume in a few hours, the toll could rise dramatically. in one town alone, 9,500 people missing. that's more than half of the town's population. an undetermined number injured. highways in that part of japan are damaged and utility services such as water and electricity, they are out for hundreds of thousands. the quake triggered a tsunami more than 23-feet high that washed six miles inland. this is the largest quake in recorded history to hit japan and the seventh largest worldwide since recordkee
with preferred or supreme. my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> well, with the disaster in japan, how can you help? we'll show you how to make donations and make them go the distance. a special edition of "your bottom line" starts right now. >>> japan grapples with a disaster that seems to grow worse by the day. and americans are asking questions. how can we help? are we safe? and why is the world's quest for energy fraught with so much danger? hello, everyone, and welcome to a special edition of "your bottom line." we begin with nuclear power in this country and what japan's disaster means for american nuclear energy supplies. jim acosta is in washington. jim, give us a break down. how many nuclear plants are proposed in this country? >> right now there are 104 nuclear power reactors across the country. the nrc has a map you can go to their website. it shows where they're located. they're spread all over the country. the nrc currently is looking at 20 new reactors that would be spread basically over the eastern part of the country. 15 of these 19 reactors that they're talking about are going
east. a bombing campaign in libya and a nuclear disaster in japan. oil prices top $105 a barrel for the first time since 2008. bringing t the national convers again to how america gets and consumes its energy. professor of international business at university of maryland, peter, you say high oil prices could cause a second recession. why? >> well, simply, oil, $105, gas at $3.60. gdp, 3 1/2% to 3%. if it goes to $4 a gallon, enough to take 2.5% not self-sustaining. at that point employers lay workers out and you get on the down side of the power curve. >> and for american urban radio networks, people feel energy policy in terms of what it cost to fill up their gas tank. that's what they're concern about here. is the president communicating what his policy is? he did come out after japan and said, look, i am still behind nuclear energy in this country. how is the message from the white house on this? >> christine you know, every day in the briefing room and the president said himself being peppered with questions as press conferences, look, we are looking at the long term which i
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